Leadership Foundry

Empowering Incarcerated Volunteers through Innovation and Leadership

Our approach is unique and transformative, fundamentally altering the experience of incarceration for those who volunteer with us. That’s because SkunkWorks is where incarcerated volunteers become leaders, innovators, and change-makers.

A New Paradigm of Incarcerated Leadership

Our volunteers engage in a process where they identify challenges, create solutions, and lead initiatives that impact not only their immediate environment but also the broader landscape of criminal justice reform. This approach underscores all our initiatives.

From Participants to Pioneers

Volunteering at SkunkWorks means stepping into a role of leadership and responsibility. Incarcerated volunteers are entrusted with planning, strategizing, and executing the projects that they deem most vital. This hands-on involvement ensures that our initiatives are deeply resonant, effectively implemented, and grounded in the real-world experiences of those within the prison system.

Creating Ripple Effects of Positive Change

The impact of this transformation extends far beyond individual change. As our volunteers grow into leaders and innovators, they become role models, inspiring others within and outside the prison walls. They demonstrate that making amends and contributing positively to the community is possible, fostering a culture of rehabilitation, empathy, and constructive engagement.

Redefining Rehabilitation and Justice

Our approach is a testament to the power of trust and empowerment. It demonstrates how giving incarcerated individuals a central role in program development can lead to more humane, effective, and transformative outcomes in rehabilitation and criminal justice.

Join the Movement of Transformation

The Leadership Foundry approach of San Quentin SkunkWorks is a pioneering movement in criminal justice reform. We invite you to learn more about our unique approach, support our mission, and witness the remarkable transformation that occurs when incarcerated people are given the opportunity to lead and innovate. Together, we are crafting a future where justice and rehabilitation go hand in hand, driven by those who understand it best.

Contact Us: sqsw@sanquentinskunkworks.org; 1(415)275-2058

San Quentin SkunkWorks is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 88-3852173) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.